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7″x7″ skull studies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2014 by n8vandyke

I was asked to be in a gallery show a little while back and the theme of the show is “Less Is More” with the idea that all of the pieces had to be 12″x12″ or smaller. I thought it’d be a fun excuse to do small skull studies in a variety of mediums. The end result makes for a great collection. The opening is tonight (sorry for the late notice) at 111 Minna in San Francisco and I will be in attendance to support my one dozen dead buddies.












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Vincent Van Gogh portrait

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2014 by n8vandyke

Here’s a portrait I did of  Vincent Van Gogh using a cup of coffee. The title of the piece is “Cup of Gogh” and measures 16″x20″. It was pretty funny when I went to get the cup of coffee at a local cafe and I asked the woman behind the counter which coffee had the prettiest color. She looked at me for a brief moment like I had testicles on my forehead. I then told her I wasn’t drinking it but rather painting with it. She then carefully suggested one for me and the rest is art history. This is my first painting done in coffee and it was a fun medium to explore.




Gallery opening Friday December 13th in SF!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2013 by n8vandyke

Sorry for the late notice on this one but I’ve had some technical difficulties with my computer. In any event… I’m making Friday the 13th all the cooler with a gallery opening! The opening will be at HoodLAB Gallery in SF from 6-10 pm and I’ll be in attendance. I’ve been pushing all other work aside for a good while to focus on this show and I think it was time well spent. Come by and have a drink with me!


Moleskine and Bone

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2013 by n8vandyke

I was asked to be some work for a Moleskine Sketchbook gallery show so I decided to do a mole… skull. I’ve got the early and final stages of the piece.

First up is the pencil sketch…



Aaaand POOF! Here it is all finished up. Used a variety of mediums for this one. The final size is roughly 8″x10″.




The Evolution of a Color Piece

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2013 by n8vandyke

I decided with this mixed media piece that I’d take some evolution scans of it since people are always curious about how I go about an illustration like this. Enjoy the show…

Here’s the first stage… thumbnails until I find something I like…




Next up are the pencils after deciding on the sketch I like. This is being done in a 8″x10″ Moleskine sketchbook…








Here we have an ink/marker wash to lay down the foundation colors…




After that I lay in some quick inks and muddy up the colors a bit more…




Now for the fun part… finishing it. For the paint-over I use acrylic, gouache, color pencil, spray paint and paint pens…



Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by n8vandyke

I’ll be in an MF DOOM themed art show opening in SF on Nov. 2nd. I don’t listen to his music but thought it would be an interesting challenge to find some fun in it and do a piece that’s “ME” so I decided to merge his mask with some Friday the 13th and came up with “MF VOORHEES”. This piece has a variety of mediums going into it. It’s got watercolor, ink washes, markers, coffee, pen, spraypaint, acrylic and color pencil. The final is roughly 11″x14″ on paper mounted on Bristol board. For more info on the show go the the Facebook Page.


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Outside Lands mural

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2013 by n8vandyke

I had a lot of fun getting messy last Friday while painting a live mural at Outside Lands. I got to collaborate with my buddy, Sam Flores, for our third year in a row at this music festival. The final mural size is 8’x20′. A big thanks to all who came out and said hey. I had a great time seeing some familiar faces and meeting new ones.

Portrait photo by Jeben Berg.



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